Unrationed Foods (Midlands).

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction felt in the Midlands at the short supply of certain unrationed goods, in particular fish, fruit, vegetables and cakes, when compared with the supply available in London; and whether he will inquire into the matter?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I am aware that in certain areas in the Midlands dissatisfaction of the kind indicated by my hon. Friend has been expressed. I have examined the matter carefully and, with the exception of fish in the second half of 1941, I can find no evidence to afford solid ground for the complaints.

Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich

Will the hon. Gentleman receive further information on the subject?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Certainly. I was in the Midlands myself last week, and I found that some housewives were under the impression that tomatoes and strawberries particularly were freely on sale in London. I was able to disabuse them, and I hope my hon. Friend will help me in that direction.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Do some of those commodities go direct to the Midlands market, or do they go first to the London market?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

I should like to have notice of that Question. In regard to tomatoes I know that a special diversion was made to the Midlands, which is a deficiency area, only last week. At the present time, tomatoes are more freely available in the Midlands than they are in London.